Thomas Holley is continuing to do research for one of the biggest decisions of his life. The defensive tackle from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln just visited two of the top programs in the country on consecutive days.
"I got to Notre Dame on Friday," said the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Holley. "When I got there, they took me on a ride around the campus and I got a chance to see the facilities and talk to some of the coaches. I saw a few of the freshmen and got their input on things so that was cool. I didn't get a chance to see (former teammate) Ishaq Williams because he was on his way to see a concert.
"There's a lot that stands out at Notre Dame as far as the tradition," he said. "The academics also really stand out. I wasn't too surprised but I did learn some things. I got a good feel for some of the coaches when I talked to them because I can't talk to the when they come by the school for a visit."
Once he finished at Notre Dame, Holley was off to Ohio State.
"On Saturday, I basically did the same things at Ohio State that I did at Notre Dame," said Holley. "I got to see the campus, look at dorms, talk to some of the coaches, see the facilities, I saw a presentation in the weight room and saw the amount of history they have.
"I really liked how they try to help former players get set up with job interviews," he said. "They do a lot to help former players find jobs when their playing career is over. They have one of the largest networks of alumni."
This is not Holley's first set of visits to major BCS programs and he has a lot to think about now.
"I went to Florida, Florida State and Miami," Holley pointed out. "Notre Dame and Ohio State have very different atmospheres than those schools. Everything about all of these schools is very different. I'm going to sit down with my mom and uncle and talk about what we all liked and didn't like about each of these schools.
"These new visits give me something to help me compare all my schools," he said. "I'm not going to say I like one particular school more than another but these visits have given me some good insight. They really gave me an opportunity to start comparing schools."
Holley is getting closer and closer to making a decision.
"Hopefully by the end of the summer I'll have narrowed things down," said Holley. "I think I'll have my decision by the time the season is over but I'm not going to rush anything. There is a possibility that I will take official visits but there is also a possibility that I won't, we'll see when the time comes."
Holley does not have any other visits planned.